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Emerging Policy Issues in Chemicals Management.

Emerging Policy Issues in Chemicals Management

The Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has published a report outlining emerging policy issues in chemicals management. The report was published prior to the third meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG3) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) to be held from 2 to 4 April 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The report “New Political Issues and Other Concerns” (SAICM / OEWG.3 / 6) highlights policy issues such as: lead in paint, chemicals in products, hazardous substances in the product life cycle , electrical and electronic products, nanotechnologies and manufactured nanomaterials. , endocrine disruptors and persistent pharmaceutical pollutants in the environment. Another area of concern is the management of perfluorinated chemicals and the transition to safer alternatives, as well as extremely hazardous pesticides.

The main bodies providing information on these issues are: the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP); the World Health Organization (WHO), through the Global Alliance for the Elimination of Lead Paint; United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR); and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The document notes the different levels of progress achieved on each issue, as indicated by lead agencies, including national, regional and global initiatives, programs and projects focusing on policies, guidelines, capacity building, sharing knowledge and collaboration between agencies and countries.

The report also notes the approval by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of a $ 8.19 million project entitled “Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy Issues in the Context of Climate Change”. Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management “, which aims to” accelerate progress and adoption of national activities on emerging policy issues to achieve the goal of the strategic approach by 2020 and support the planning of the management of chemicals in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development “.

Source: SDG Knowledge Hub.